A recent plane crash at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport claimed four lives, according to recent reports. The twin turbine propeller plane went down in a nature preserve beside the airport, spreading debris over a 250-foot by 50-foot area that investigators continue to examine for clues.
The National Transportation Safety Board, along with the Federal Aviation Administration, is investigating the crash.
The plane took off from Orlando Executive Airport with a pilot and three passengers aboard. The 1979 Piper PA 31 craft was about two miles from the airport when the pilot radioed air traffic control to report smoke had permeated the cockpit. The pilot made a final distress call to the airport before the plane went down. The pilot had been cleared for an emergency landing, but the plane crashed near the 2400 block of Northwest 62nd Street. No homes or businesses were affected.
Investigators have recovered four bodies and have taken the remains to the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office for identification. The aircraft was registered to Aircraft Guaranty Corp. Trustee in Texas.
It could take more than a year for the investigative agencies to determine what caused the crash and release their report.
Aircraft Accidents Rare But Deadly
Accidents with aircraft do not happen very often, but when they do they are often deadly. According to statistics, the number of fatal airplane accidents in commercial jets has been decreasing every decade since the 1950s, but commuter airlines and private airplanes have a higher accident rate. Still, the number of fatalities, even for private planes, averages 22.43 per million flight hours, meaning that the chances of any one plane crashing are miniscule.
The survival rate of passengers goes up sharply if the pilot is able to perform a controlled crash landing. Of course, this is not always possible, but if the passengers are wearing safety restraints and the pilot has enough control to “ditch” the plane, the chances of survival rise to 53 percent.
What If I Lose A Loved One In A Plane Crash?
If you have lost a loved one in an airplane crash, or if you have been injured in a crash, the personal injury attorneys at Bernstein & Maryanoff can help. We have years of experience in representing victims of all types of accidents. We will give you the support and help you need to ensure that your rights are protected and that you recover as much as possible for your losses.